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The Cost of War, 1664–7

Gillian H. MacIntosh

in The Scottish Parliament under Charles II, 1660-1685

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624577
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653409 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624577.003.0004
The Cost of War, 1664–7

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This chapter discusses the effects of war on Parliament from 1664. For decades the English and Dutch had squabbled over trade routes and importation rights, and there were many long-standing commercial disputes, centred largely on the East Indies, which had not been resolved by the first Dutch war. Unlike its neighbour, Scotland had little to gain from war with the Dutch. With a stagnant economy already suffering from English protectionist legislation, the outbreak of hostilities merely caused a further depression in trade, with no benefits to be expected from a successful outcome. Soon after the formal declaration of war between the English and Dutch in the spring of 1665, discussions began as to the method of raising funds in Scotland. To circumvent such opposition, a new session of parliament that met in 1669 sought to reaffirm royal control over church matters.

Keywords: parliament; protectionist legislation; Dutch; East Indies; Scotland; war

Chapter.  7485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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